This page contains tools and templates designed to aid ERM practitioners to carry out the work of ERM.  Resources include:

ERM decision-support tools and templates

 This section contains various tools and templates to support ERM practitioners in carrying out specific ERM activities.  The following table contains the materials available at this time.

Tool or Template Description
Sample ERM Governance Charters Examples of ERM charters developed at other University locations.
ERM Risk Assessment Scales An Excel file containing tabs with impact, likelihood, and control effectiveness scales suitable for assessing risks.  Two impact scales are included:  one for assessing the potential impacts to a campus or location, another for assessing potential impacts to a collaboration or partnership.
Stakeholder Worksheet A "Power-Interest" worksheet for identifying key stakeholders and assessing their relative importance to achieving organizational objectives, based on their "Interest" and their "Power" to influence an outcome.  This worksheet supports the organization's ability to understand potential reputation risk by clarifying which stakeholders to be most concerned about regarding their response to a potential risk event.

 ERM toolkits

A toolkit is a group of files developed to enable someone to carry out a specific activity.  They include instructions and templates.  The following table identifies the toolkits currently available, with a link to the toolkit contents.

Toolkit Name Activity the Toolkit is Designed to Support Toolkit Link
Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) Toolkit Support an assessment of hazard vulnerabilities, with the goal of identifying which hazards the organization should focus on with respect to applying risk management resources.  Hazards are external threats including natural (disasters) and man-made (terrorism). Link to zip file

 Thought leadership digests

 Thought leadership digests are short summaries of white papers or other position papers we have come across that shed light on various aspects of ERM.  The following table contains the digests developed to date.

Digest Name Original Source Summary of Digest Digest Link
How Experts Gain Influence Harvard Business Review

In their study of the risk management groups of two financial institutions, the authors identified four competencies that help functional leaders compete for top management’s limited attention and increase their influence with top management.  The recommendations in the article can help risk managers be more effective in their efforts to implement ERM.  Source:  “How Experts Gain Influence,” Harvard Business Review (HBR), Anette, Matthew, Yuval, 2013

Link to digest
Introduction to Risk Intelligence Deloitte & Touche Introduction to Deloitte's seminal white paper, “Risk-Intelligent Enterprise Management:  Running the Risk-Intelligent Enterprise,” 2010 Link to digest
Report:  Strategic Questions for Universities Univ. of Denver Report To examine the environment of higher education and consider a strategic framework that might be used to address the challenges facing colleges and universities.  The 60 questions offered in the report are intended as a point of departure for strategy development.  Link to digest


White papers by ERM thought leaders



Sample language for communicating about ERM to your organization


Return to top of page.

Return to the main ERM menu.